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Will Ferrell to Star in ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Ferrell is producing and starring in the CBS Films comedy “The 100 Year-Old Man.”

The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”

Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures’ Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.

Jason George (“Narcos”) is set to write the screenplay. No director is yet attached. »


- Dave McNary

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‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves: ‘It’s a Standalone, It’s Not Part of the Extended Universe’

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming “The Batman,” says the film won’t be a part of the DC Extended Universe that includes the Justice League and Wonder Woman, but rather a standalone Bat-story. In an interview with Los Angeles’ KCRW, the filmmaker said: “Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When they approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'” The filmmaker has previously said he. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Score Put Pilot Order for Missing Plane Mystery Series at NBC

5 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Zemeckis and Jeff Rake have gotten a put pilot order at NBC for a new series that centers around a plane that mysteriously disappeared, Variety has confirmed.

The series, currently titled “Manifest,” follows the passengers of a plane that disappeared from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by.

Rake will executive produce and write. Zemeckis will executive produces through his Compari Entertainment banner Compari’s Jack Rapke will also executive produce, while Compari’s Jackie Levine will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, where Zemeckis is set up under an overall deal, will produce. Zemeckis and Rake are repped by Wme.

This is Zemeckis’ second put pilot order in the past few weeks, with ABC giving out such an order for a “Jetsons” live action series that »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Student’ Director Kirill Serebrennikov Put Under House Arrest in Russia

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Acclaimed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been put under house arrest in Russia pending trial on charges of embezzling state funds. The filmmaker, whose 2016 film “The Student” won the Francois Chalais award in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, was arrested in St. Peterburg on Tuesday where he was shooting a new movie about Soviet singer-songwriter Viktor Tsoi.

Appearing in a Moscow court Wednesday, Serebrennikov found his request to be freed on bail rejected despite character-witness statements on his behalf from a number of Russian actors and directors, including Fedor Bondarchuk. Serebrennikov pleaded innocent to the charges and told the court he needed to “finish filming a movie.”

The decision means he will not be able to return to work on his biopic of rock star Tsoi and is banned from communicating with anyone aside from close relatives and his legal team without investigators’ approval. »


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‘Bad Boys 3’ Update: Martin Lawrence Says Movie Won’t Happen After All

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Although both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have claimed they are close to beginning production on “Bad Boys 3,” the latter now thinks the film won’t happen after all.

“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Last year, Smith teased a third film in the “Bad Boys” franchise, telling TheWrap it was “very close” to happening. He said that he and Lawrence make “one a decade.” In 2014, Lawrence also »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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George R.R. Martin Says He’s Too Busy to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warning: There are major spoilers below for “Game of Thrones,” up to Season 7.

Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has been so busy with writing and touring that he hasn’t had the time to sit down and watch the show.

In an interview with Metro, the author revealed what he’s been up to lately, gave a non-update on “The Winds of Winter” (it’s still happening) and gave some insight into how the show will differ from future books. That includes some characters who died in the show that are still alive at this point in the books. »


- Carli Velocci

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David Oyelowo Joins Doug Liman's 'Chaos Walking'

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David Oyelowo is the latest actor to join Doug Liman's Chaos Walking.

The post-apocalyptic thriller has amassed an A-list cast of talent that includes Nick Jonas, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, as well as Mads Mikkelsen, who will play the villain in the project alongside Oyelowo.

Adapted from a book by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking take place on a planet colony where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures are struck by The Noise, a virus that inflicts immersive visions of one's every thought. The story follows a guy (Holland) who discovers a girl (Ridley) who may be »


- Mia Galuppo

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The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film

22 August 2017 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and… »


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Maya Rudolph to Reunite With Melissa McCarthy for ‘Happytime Murders’ at Stx

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Maya Rudolph is staying loyal to one of her funniest bridesmaids — the “SNL” alum is joining Melissa McCarthy’s “The Happytime Murders.” The former “Bridesmaids” costars will collaborate again, with Rudolph taking a supporting role in the Stx Films vehicle for McCarthy. The dark comedy is set in a world where humans interact with puppets. Also Read: 'A Christmas Story' Live Musical Event Casts Maya Rudolph as Mother The fantastic longline: Set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist, “The Happytime Murders” tells the comedic tale of two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, »


- Matt Donnelly

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7 Best New Songs of the Week

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Thomas Rhett takes a wrecking ball to your tear ducts. »


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Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges in Talks to Star in Drew Goddard’s ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

41 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges are in negotiations to star in the Fox thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale,” with Drew Goddard directing from his own script.

Should the deals close, the actors would be the first attached to the project, which is expected to begin shooting early next year. Fox has kept details about “Bad Times” under wraps other than it being set in the 196os at a dilapidated hotel in California’s Lake Tahoe region. Bridges would play a down-on-his-luck priest.

Goddard is also set to produce the movie. He co-wrote the screenplay for “Deadpool 2” with star Ryan Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Goddard received an Academy Award nomination last year for best adapted screenplay for “The Martian,” which was adapted from the Andy Weir novel.

Goddard directed Hemsworth in 2012’s “The Cabin in the Woods” from a script he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. He »


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Emmy Episode Analysis: Aziz Ansari (‘Master of None’) falls in love Italian style in ‘The Dinner Party’

43 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Aziz Ansari has reaped his second consecutive Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Actor for “Master of None.” Last year the comedian received his first four career bids for producing, directing, writing, and starring in the Netflix series about a struggling New York actor. He prevailed along with co-creator Alan Yang for writing in the first season, and […] »


- Zach Laws

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Factory 25 Takes U.S. Rights to Indie Comedy 'Sundowners'

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Ahead of the Toronto Film Festival, Factory 25 has taken the U.S. theatrical rights to Pavan Moondi's Canadian indie comedy Sundowners.

Factory 25 plans a late 2017 release, while The Orchard is partnering on the Phil Hanley and Luke Lalonde-starrer by taking the U.S. and UK digital releasing rights. Written, directed and edited by Moondi, Sundowners stars comedian Hanley of Comedy Central's The Half Hour and musician Luke Lalonde of the rock band Born Ruffians as two struggling videographers taking a job filming a wedding in Mexico. Meanwhile their boss, played by Tim Heidecker, proves fast and loose with the »


- Etan Vlessing

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TV Review: ‘Disjointed’ From Chuck Lorre

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Is “Disjointed” better if you’re stoned? Well, of course. Pot has been adding another dimension — and improving the flaws of bad television — for almost as long as we’ve had the medium. And “Disjointed,” in particular, seems designed to satisfy a mellower state of mind. It’s slow and spacey and visually kinetic, with a, well, disjointed format that frames traditional multi-camera set pieces with fake commercials, animated segments, and fictional YouTube videos. For a show on Netflix, it’s amusing how much effort “Disjointed” has put into looking like something syndicated on a forgotten cable channel; it makes use of visual nods to technologies that the streaming service has effectively made obsolete, like commercial breaks and VHS fast-forwarding. But that is part of what makes “Disjointed” so bizarrely intriguing, especially to the high among us; it’s so scattershot that it appears to imply meaning, when the fact is, it »


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‘This Is Us’ Season 2: Watch a Heartbreaking Scene From the Premiere

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A new clip from NBC takes “This Is Us” viewers back to a familiar location — the hospital.

Before getting there, the three minute clip starts with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) telling Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that his wife isn’t totally on board with his adoption plans. He asks his mother about how she and her late husband Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) decided to adopt him. With some prodding, she hesitantly admits, “It’s complicated.”

A flashback cuts to Jack and Rebecca looking at a newborn Randall in the hospital. Having just lost a triplet during childbirth, Rebecca confessed she initially said no to adopting. “But your father was so sure I was tired and I was grieving, and he just kept pushing me,” she recounted. “He was so determined that you were meant to be. Meant to be ours.”

Rebecca reflected back on her marriage and left her son with encouraging words. “Sometimes »


- Rebecca Rubin

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‘Mr. Robot’ Releases Recap Ahead of Season 3 Premiere (Watch)

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In preparation for the Season 3 premiere, “Mr. Robot” released a seven-minute recap covering all vital storylines from the previous season.

The summary video begins with a newscast of President Barack Obama revealing an attack by Tyrell Wellick and fsociety before launching into a montage of Season 2’s pivotal moments.

Season 3 picks up following last season’s cliffhanger, and explores each character’s motivations and the disintegration between Elliot and Mr. Robot. The series follows cyber-security engineer Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), hacker Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), and hacktivists known as fsociety, who team up for cyber missions.

Carly Chaikin, who plays Elliot’s sister Darlene Alderson, explained earlier, “Season 1 was about plot, Season 2 was about character, and Season 3 is both.”

From Universal Cable Productions, “Mr Robot” stars Malek, Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer, Bobby Cannavale, Stephanie Corneliussen, and Bd Wong. Sam Esmail writes and executive produces along with Anonymous Content executive producers »


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A Taylor Swift Fan Released New Album Details Before Swift Could

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Swifties all over are excited about the release of Taylor Swift’s upcoming album, “Reputation.” But one person got a little too excited. Before Swift could personally unveil the details of her own album on Wednesday, one of her fans beat her to it. Also Read: Taylor Swift Announces New Album, 'Reputation,' Out in November According to New York Magazine, a person identified as levi_valvi uncovered the album details an hour prior to an official announcement by tinkering with the URL of Swift’s website, and then leaked the information onto the celebrity fan forum, Atrl.net. From the leak, »


- Ashley Eady

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ABC News’ Pierre Thomas Was Shocked After Opioid Epidemic Report

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC News chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has been doing in-depth reporting across the country on the opioid epidemic, working with ABC affiliates to determine how many overdoses occurred in a week’s time — the results were worse than he ever expected. Thomas told TheWrap “the stunning availability of opioids–be it painkillers, heroin or fentanyl” was simply shocking. “We were on one raid in Arizona with the DEA and Tempe police and authorities recovered what they believe was $1 million worth of heroin in a working class neighborhood that could be anywhere in the U.S.,” Thomas said. Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Hosts:. »


- Brian Flood

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Allah-Las Rock Concert in Rotterdam Canceled After Terror Threat

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Authorities have detained a driver of a van found near the venue. »

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10 Most Anticipated New Films of Oscar Season

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Oscar season is officially on our doorstep as the 74th annual Venice Film Festival is set to take flight a week from today with the world premiere of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.” Recent contenders like “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” and “La La Land” have begun their journeys on the Lido before taking the season by storm.

Commencing in the Colorado mountains next Friday will be the Telluride Film Festival’s 44th Labor Day sprint, where major players like “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Argo” all unspooled. Other awards season launchpads in Toronto, New York, and Hollywood (AFI Fest) will follow soon after.

Many new films will plant their flags throughout this circuit, while plenty more will aim for strategic exposure after the festival dust settles. The six-month season will be long — longer than usual, thanks to the Winter Olympics — but the reward will (hopefully) be a string of quality prestige films from many of the finest filmmakers in the »


- Kristopher Tapley

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